Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday delivered an emphatic endorsement of Baltimore’s new Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh, praising her relentless energy and saying the pair “have a shared purpose and share a commitment” to improve the city.
“This morning, I am incredibly hopeful about the future,” Hogan said during brief remarks at her inauguration ceremony. “Mayor Pugh and I have a shared vision for Baltimore.”
The warmth — forged during Pugh’s time as Maryland Senate majority leader — is a departure from the at-times frosty relationship between Hogan and outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Hogan called Pugh’s inauguration a “very important day for Baltimore” and suggested her administration would better weather problems that beleaguer the city. He said they both want to eliminate disparities, raze dilapidated houses and invigorate the city’s economy.